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Command 1 : Repent | Day 2

Start Your Day in the Evening!

First let's answer the question of why Esau failed to find repentance for simply selling his birthright even though he sought it desperately with tears. Esau's repentance was faulty because he did not understand true repentance. He was a profane fornicator (see Hebrews 12:16-17), and he simply wanted to regain the blessings that he had lost (see Genesis 25:33-34).

However, when David was confronted with his sin, he repented for the right reason. He wanted to restore fellowship with God. If we repent for any other reason than this we are not experiencing true repentance. (See Psalm 51.)1

Now let's discuss the question of why God designed the day to begin in the evening rather than in the morning. “The evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:5).

  • The evening is the most important part of our day because it affects the quality of our sleep and sets our mental attitude for the rest of the day. Therefore, people do not "get up on the wrong side of the bed"; they go to bed on the "wrong side."
  • The evening is the best time to evaluate the achievements of the previous day and to set new goals for the next day.
  • As we go to sleep meditating on Scripture and setting our goals before the Lord, our minds will be cleansed (this may produce unusual dreams). Then we will experience an exciting phenomenon: our "reins will instruct us in the night seasons” (see Psalm 16:7). This means that God will give us practical insights from His Word and clear direction, which will have a profound impact on the success of our lives.

This has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. It is how the questions for this study came into being, including the question on true repentance. If we meditate on the wisdom of God's Word, we can claim this promise: “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions” (Proverbs 8:12).

Remember! Our responsibility is to meditate day and night. God's responsibility is to give us creative insights and direction. "The entrance of thy words giveth light” (Psalm 119:130).

Have a great day by having a great start to it tonight!

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1. Read an expanded answer to this study question on dailysuccess.org.

“Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17).

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Contributing writer: Bill Gothard